Germany is the birthplace of ‘research universities’ – where new knowledge and discoveries are produced every day. If you want to be at the forefront of engineering, technological advances, and scientific discovery, then Germany has several university options that can satisfy your interests.
With a strong economy supporting a historic higher education system and large numbers of courses in English, it’s no surprise that Germany is one of Europe’s top postgraduate study destinations.
Variety of programs, many masters courses taught in English, affordable cost of studying, award-winning curriculums, greater emphasis on students’ hands-on experience and surely excellent future prospects are what best describe Master’s degree courses in Germany.
For many international students who have no prior knowledge about the German education system carrying on an application for a Masters program is a bit intimidating. In this post, we will look at the winter 2019 application deadlines for Masters in Germany. Additionally, we will also take a quick look at the eligibility criteria and costs.
Masters (MS) in Germany | Winter 2019
Application Deadlines, Admission Requirements, and Costs
Admission System in Germany: Restricted Admission (Closed or Limited) vs Non-Restricted Admission (Open)
In Germany, the number of students admitted to any given programme at a university can be either unrestricted (no restriction admission) or restricted to a fixed number of students.
It basically means – anyone who meets the minimum entry requirements (GPA or language) and apply before the application deadline can get admission to the programs that are not restricted. The unrestricted programs are comparatively less competitive than the restricted ones. However, the entry requirements are not at all too low.
So, what happens if the Faculty/University receives too many applications that meet the minimum admission criteria for an Open (No-Restriction) Program?
Quick Answer is the image below:
Here is an explanation by a Faculty member on Quora:
The most important requirement for Master’s admissions in Germany is a relevant Bachelor’s Degree with high grades from a recognized university. Much emphasis is given on the core subjects (cognate modules), test scores, and practical experience (internships, projects, and full-time employment). To find out whether your university in the home country (where you did your Bachelors) is recognized or not, you can use the Anabin database.
The anabin database of the Central Office for Foreign Education offers detailed information on the individual admission requirements for 180 respective countries. The information is only available in German; however, you can use the Google Translate tool to read it in your preferred language.
The programs that come with restriction are more selective. They are like the top-tier US universities with very low acceptance rate. Fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria is not enough. The universities will also look at your letters of recommendation, statements of interest (letter or motivation or personal statement), interviews, etc. Some universities also ask for GRE subject test on the top of normal GRE score. Learn more.
So, what is the logic behind this? Some programs have more applicants than available seats. Usually, the scenario of the open/closed system can change every semester based on current supply and demand. This decision is usually taken by the Dept. or University on the basis of calculated grades of the received applications. Certain subjects like Computer Science, Mechatronics Electrical Engineering or Bioinformatics at a particular university might receive way too many applications than Biology or Civil Engineering.
Application Process for Masters in Germany
For Masters Admissions in Germany, either you need to apply to the University, or via uni-assist. Uni-assist is a centralized admissions portal, run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and handles international applications for its member universities. In a few cases, even if a University processes the application on its own, might ask you to submit an evaluation report from uni-assist.
If uni-assist is involved, make sure to apply well before the actual application deadline. Uni-assist takes approximately one month to evaluate the application before passing on to the university that you applied for. If the evaluation report does not reach the university admissions office before the deadline, your application will not be considered, and you will also not get any refund of the application (processing) fees.
Most of the German universities do not charge any application fees. But, for applications via uni-assist, you need to pay EUR 75 for the first application and EUR 30 per additional application in the same semester.
Few universities do also ask for certified hard copies. In that case, just scanned copies are not enough. You will need to get your transcripts (and other documents) attested by Public Notary, German Embassy or Goethe Institute.
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